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Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises

With plenty of exercises for your personal retrospective toolbox, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives and to get more out of them - Foreword by Esther Derby, co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.
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About the Book

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We present you: A new agile book with many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

This is a book for agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who already have some experience with retrospectives. 

With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives. The suggested price is $9,99 (excl. VAT); this is what we think is the real value of this book. We leave it up to our readers to decide what they would like to pay for the book. You can download it for free if you want, pay the suggested price, or pay us more if you like; based on the value you expect to get from reading and using this book.

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This book is being translated into many languages, they are all available on Leanpub.

Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves

About the authors

We are both active bloggers at and On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that practicing different exercises helps to develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises and get more value out of them


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Reader Testimonials

Gojko Adzic
"People tasked with facilitating team retrospectives, such as agile coaches or Scrum masters, will benefit the most from the book as it contains several great ideas for organising and troubleshooting retrospectives. "
Gojko Adzic
Strategic software delivery consultant
Lisa Crispin
"Try the exercises in this book whether your team is new to retrospectives, new to agile in general, or quite experienced with agile and retros but in need of a refreshing change."
Lisa Crispin
Agile testing coach and practitioner
Franco Martinig
"This is a book that I naturally recommend to every people that has to run retrospectives, but also to every project manager that wants to facilitate meetings to solve issues in software development projects."
Franco Martinig
Editor of Software Development Books and Methods & Tools
Mary Beijleveld
"Handig, alles bij elkaar in een boekje. Heb ‘m meteen gedownload. Ben, bedankt!"
Mary Beijleveld
Agile Coach and trainer at VX Company
Jason Little
"I just finished this book, it's a must-have reference guide for any facilitator, not just Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. What sets this book apart is that each section has a "when to use this technique" and detailed instructions for how to do it. "
Jason Little
Author of Lean Change Management
Adrian Fittolani
"(...) hit this little beauty – Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders. It’s a really quick read full of ideas to mix it up in your retrospectives."
Adrian Fittolani
Program Director (Market) at Envato, blogs at
Mirella de Vries
"I was looking for a practical guide with a short introduction on restrospectives and lots of examples which I could use during our retrospectives. I found it all in this book!"
Mirella de Vries
Product Owner / Informatieanalist at IT&Care BV
Steve Berczuk
"Skim the book to get a sense of what’s there, and then use it as a reference as you plan your next retrospective. (...) This book will help you keep your retrospectives fresh."
Steve Berczuk
Principal Engineer and ScrumMaster at Fitbit and Editor at Techwell
Pierre Neis
"This is an interesting book to understand and perform Retrospectives for Agile Teams. Highly recommended for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches."
Pierre Neis
Senior Lean Agile Coach
Fabian Schiller
"This book is great! Every ScrumMaster and Agile Coach should have it on his bookshelf. You can get many practicable ideas for conducting retrospectives from this book. And it is really easily accessible."
Fabian Schiller
Agile & Scrum Coach

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What Is an Agile Retrospective?
  • Why Do We Do Retrospectives?
  • Business Value of Agile Retrospectives
  • Pre-Requirements for Retrospectives
  • Designing a Retrospective
  • Retrospective Exercises
    • Asking Questions
    • Starfish
    • Sailboat
    • One-Word Retrospective
    • Car Brand
    • Happiness Index
    • Five Times Why
    • Constellation
    • Team Assessment Survey
    • Strengths-Based Retrospective
    • High Performance Tree
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Retrospective of Retrospectives
  • Benefits of Retrospectives
  • Adopting Agile Retrospectives
  • A Retrospectives Book in Your Language
  • Develop Your Agile Retrospective Facilitation Skills
  • Valuable Agile Retrospectives
  • Bibliography

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